Aby-a-Day – August 24: “Happy birthday, Mr. President”

This weekend was our NEMO CFA show. Jacoby did quite well: he made five finals! He got 10th Best Shorthair in Premiership (twice), 7th Best Shorthair in Premiership, 2nd Best Shorthair in Premiership, and 2nd Best Allbreed in Premiership!


But as last year, the best part was the costume contest. Towards the end of the Seacoast show last May, Meg, our friend Todd and I were brainstorming ideas for Jake’s and my costume. Todd said it needed to be amazing to win, and it needed to be something new. I mentioned Jake’s “Don Draper” suit and said we needed to come up with something to go with that.


And then it hit me. With his suit, Jake could be JFK…and I could be…Marilyn Monroe!


So that’s what we did. If JakeFK looks a little upset in some of these photos, it’s because he’s very concerned about the Havana Brown Missile Crisis.


It’s really late, and I’m really tired…and I have about 1,000 photos to go through that I took this weekend, so I’ll have a more complete report on the show and the costume contest later in the week.


But I knew you all were dying to see what we wore, so here we are.


As great as our costume was, there were a lot of great costumes this time. Everyone really stepped up their game this year. Our friends Linda and Pippi the Somali (Gomez and Morticia last year) were Clara Barton (Pippi) and Gen. George Pickett (Linda); there was also Little Bo Peep and her sheep, Hiccup and Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon, Galadriel, Arwen and Legolas, a family veterinary clinic and a beer can of Meow Light.


Jake and I didn’t actually win…but I got a lot of complements on our costume. I have to thank my friend Leza, for sewing the dress…it not only looked great, but it also was comfortable enough to wear to a cat show. I wish I could say the same for those shoes! Now to start planning for next year’s costumes…

14 thoughts on “Aby-a-Day – August 24: “Happy birthday, Mr. President”

  1. How fun! I don’t think I could get my new human to dress up – sometimes I wonder about her fantasy life, or lack of it! Jake did really well at the show! I was at a show in Costa Mesa this weekend, and I actually wound up in one final and came in fourth! Not bad for a five-month old Somali kitten! My human says thank you for your kind words about Sparkle. She misses her lots.


    1. Oh!
      It’s good to meet you Summer! I was talking a lot about Sparkle this weekend…there were Somali people there who knew Tajhara (Pippi is a Kimbelot Somali), and they were very sad to hear about Sparkle, too.

      Pippi and her human won 2nd in the costume contest this year!


  2. It was so nice to meet you and Jake. Next year the 50 Shades of Gray movie will be popular so maybe go with that for a costume, Jake can wear a gray suit and you can have handcuffs. etc.


  3. Cal me biased, but I still like the Egyptian look best! –Tanka

    P.S. — Everybody made it through the earthquake fine. Relatives had a lot of breakage and we spent the past two days up in Napa cleaning things up. We’re as pooped now as you are!


      1. Nope, Garth and I live down in Benicia but his mom and my aunt (both 90 yrs old) live in Napa. Geoffrey and his wife live in Vallejo and got shook but had no damage; people in Benicia felt it (Garth barely noticed it — he thought one of the Abys had run across the bed and promptly went back to sleep) and my sister in Sacramento also felt it. I was up in Arcata for Purgatorio and missed it but beat cheeks to get back to the Bay Area that day. Just in time for the cleaning up! — Tanka


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